• Rifle Regiment arriving at Belle Point, 1817. Artwork by Michael Haynes

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

City of Fort Smith Postcards

aerial view of Fort Smith showing Arkansas River in distance
Bird's Eye View of Fort Smith, Ark.
showing Arkansas River
 
 
aerial view of residential Fort Smith from early 20th century postcard
Birds Eye View of Residence Section, Fort Smith, Ark.
 

Did You Know?

Park staff and volunteers demonstrating using lindstock and slowmatch to ignite the cannon's primer

The soldiers who came to Fort Smith in 1817 were still using some 18th century technology and drill. The cannon was discharged using a lindstock and slowmatch to ignite the primer, which originally was loose powder or a turkey quill filled with powder.